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Federal HHS Official: Lower health costs by providing quality care

Anton Gunn, Regional Director of the Region IV Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at a Policy Watch Crucial Conversation lunch recently.  One question he was asked was how the new Affordable Care Act will lower health costs.  Gunn explained how new efforts like the Partnership for Patients can help:

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7 Comments

  1. Alex

    July 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Sounds like nothing but gibberish to me. What he needs to concentrate on is the fraud in the Medicare program!

  2. Rob Schofield

    July 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Actually, the guy made a hell of a lot of sense. Medicare fraud is but a tiny part of the problem in our health care system.

  3. Alex

    July 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    If you do the research , fraud accounts for 15 to 20% of all Medicare expenditures- not a tiny portion.

  4. William

    July 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    This is a ex-football player turned political appointee who is simply reciting from a script, and probably has little knowledge of healthcare finance. Hospitals have been doing much of what he says for years with little progress in controlling costs.Nothing more than a soundbite !

  5. Ricky

    July 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    If you do the research, you’d find that Anton Gunn has a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. And that many student athletes are also students who excel in their studies to become leaders in the non-sports world. You’d find that Gunn has a track record of community organizing in South Carolina and DC for many year before becoming a state elected official. You’d find that healthcare reform has been a focus of many of his activities before his appointment as regional director.

    You’d also find that the Affordable Care Act does address fraud: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/new_tools_to_fight_fraud.html

    “Nothing more than a soundbite” is a soundbite. “Sounds like nothing but gibberish to me.” is gibberish. “This is a ex-football player turned political appointee…” is an attempt to imply a stereotype of incompetence of student athletes.

  6. Adam Searing

    July 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I find it amazing that simple concepts – like saving money in health care by not doing unnecessary and expensive tests — are not ideas that GOPers can embrace. I mean come on – why not? Do we really need to spend twice as much or more on health care as any other wealthy country in the entire world, a fact that is a major cause of our long-term debt problems? Let’s save some money and improve care while we do it.

  7. Jack

    July 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    FACT: The majority of fraud is committed by business taking the government for billions of dollars as if they were entitled to the money. Business over changes the government for services offered but not delivered to patients and customers.